Decorating is less costly if you buy on consignment

The Pinch

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The costs for decorating a new home or apartment can add up, but an upscale home interiors consignment shop has deals on furniture and other home items.

Designed for Change, at 139 Davis Road, has accent tables and chairs, furniture, antiques, vintage linens, sterling silver items, lamps, mirrors, paintings and prints, rugs, accessories and custom window treatments, pillows and bed sets.

"It's a great way to get nice things, but for a better rate," owner Sandy Wood said. "Everybody's looking for a bargain right now."

I stopped by the store, and many of the items either appeared new or were in excellent condition. A love seat that retails for $1,400 was only $149. I was particularly impressed with the prices on the artwork. Paintings that were originally $400 to $500 were being sold for $60 to $80.

The store even offers 30-day, interest-free layaway.

If people are redecorating or have furniture or items they no longer need, they can sell them through consignment at Designed for Change. The store accepts gently used items, but not items that need refinishing or repairs.

COUPON OF THE WEEK

Today's edition of The Augusta Chronicle has $170.01 in coupon savings.

In the SmartSource book is a coupon for $2 off Revlon color cosmetic products. The coupon expires March 28.

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Here are some highlights from The Pinch blog last week:

FREE PANCAKES: IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Day on Tuesday. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer their guests a free short stack (three pancakes) of buttermilk pancakes.

In return, IHOP asks customers to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes or more to the children's hospital or another designated local charity.

IHOP's goal is to raise $1.75 million for Children's Miracle Network, an international nonprofit organization that raises money for children's hospitals and other local causes.

BANANA REPUBLIC DISCOUNT: Banana Republic is inviting customers to a one-day sale, The After 5 p.m. Style Event, on Tuesday. From 5 to 9 p.m., customers can get 25 percent off when they spend $100 or more. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. The store will raffle gift cards and provide mini makeovers by Sephora.

BI-LO LOCKS PRICES: Bi-Lo has launched a consumer savings program called Price Lock, which locks in savings on thousands of products storewide at a set price. For about five more weeks, shoppers can take advantage of the savings by using their Bonuscard.

Price Lock gives customers the following savings benefits: Fuelperks! gas savings program, My Bi-Lo Bonuscard Deals, Super BOGO's, $4 generic prescription program with no enrollment fee, double manufacturers' coupons, Senior Bonus day, My Bi-Lo.com and Meal Deals.

FREE BURRITOS AT MOE'S: If you look like a dead rock 'n' roll star, Moe's Southwest Grill wants to make you famous and give you free food. Through April 20, Moe's wants anyone who is a "dead ringer for a dead rocker" to enter the Dead Ringer Contest for a chance to be one of the winners whose portrait will be painted and hung on the walls of Moe's restaurants nationwide. For more information, visit www.BEaDEADringer.com.

The first 5,000 entries will receive $5 in Moe Bucks. The top 100 will receive a Moe's T-shirt, and the top 14 will win free Moe's burritos for a year and may be invited to Atlanta for costumes, makeup and a photo shoot.

FREE ADMISSION AT MORRIS MUSEUM: The Morris Museum is offering free admission to all visitors through March 14. Most of the museum's galleries are closed while its permanent collection is being rearranged and rehung.

Regular admission fees resume March 16. The charges are $3 for ages 13-17, senior citizens, students, and members of the military; $5 for adults; and free for ages 12 and younger.


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